Critics Consensus

U-Turn is a lurid, stylish lark that boasts striking moments but lacks the focus and weight of Oliver Stone best work.



Total Count: 50


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Oliver Stone takes a breather from politics with this violent and frequently very funny black comedy about a gambler whose car breaks down near an Arizona mining town filled with thieves, vamps and killers.

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Sean Penn
as Bobby Cooper
Nick Nolte
as Jake McKenna
Jennifer Lopez
as Grace McKenna
Powers Boothe
as Sheriff Potter
Joaquin Phoenix
as Toby N. Tucker
Jon Voight
as Blind Man
Abraham Benrubi
as Biker No. 1
Valery Nikolaev
as Mr. Arkady
Aida Linares
as Jamilla
Laurie Metcalf
as Bus Station Clerk
Liv Tyler
as Girl in Bus Station
Richard Rutowski
as Biker No. 2
Sean Stone
as Boy in Grocery Store
Annie Mei-Ling Tien
as Short Order Cook
Sheri Foster
as Grace's Mother
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  • Sep 20, 2012
    A very poor movie for Sean Penn, don't think this one did much for him. Its one of those movies you start to watch and think about turning it off, but you watch till the end just to see if something happens. 2 stars. 8-20-12
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 28, 2012
    Oliver Stone's surreal nightmare.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2011
    Offbeat thriller from Oliver Stone. A drifter(Sean penn) manages to escape the clutches of a group of heavy's he owes money to when he drives randomly into a small town called superior. He manages to upset a few people along the way, including the local mechanic(Billy Bob Thornton), the local wannabe hardman(Joquin Phoenix) and the big businessman with the hot wife(Nick Nolte and Jennifer Lopez). There are plenty of twists and turns along the way with lots of betrayal and some murder as the drifters involvement with the hot wife gets him into all sorts of trouble which is not something he needs as he's got gangsters after him and it seems his car will never be fixed! Threre are some dark laughs to be had too which turns out to be a good thing as U Turn drags on a bit to long which is a shame as this has a great cast, the above as well as cameos from Claire Danes, Powers Boothe and Liv Tyler to. Jennifer Lopez and Sean Penn are great. This was Lopez before she went all J-LO and started doing dodgy rom-coms and Penn is as dependable as ever. A good film though, a bit of an accquired taste maybe, thats let down a bit by the overlong running time.
    Adam M Super Reviewer
  • May 14, 2011
    Being part Twin Peaks, Deliverance, and Basic Instinct, U Turn is one crazy ass, random movie, with plenty of flaws. But I couldn't help but enjoy the ride. An interesting moment in Oliver Stone's overall brilliant career (Alexander notwithstanding).
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer

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